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“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
As I'm sure you're well aware, a massive hacking of Sony Pictures has taken place, which has resulted in a flurry of revelations as emails between Sony executives and their contacts have been made public. A variety of outlets have covered the story in detail and it all reads like a dirty memoir, while at the same time offers fascinating insight into an industry that somehow manages to keep a lot of its dirty laundry quiet. You hear rumblings every now and then, but nothing too damning or revealing. With this recent hack the studio has reportedly had to suspend filming on some of its features as it can't process payments and in our first story looking at the fallout we'll take a look at the saga of one film that was once in Sony's hands and how it came to find its way to Universal. Myself and my podcast »
- Brad Brevet
Josh Brolin plays Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, Inherent Vice. More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix's Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950's that resisted the social changes of the 1960's. I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role. We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt's review and urge you to see it Asap. Hit the jump for the interview. A few mild spoilers await. »
- Evan Dickson
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuted amid much anticipation and easily grossed the weekend’s highest per-theater averages among all limited-release titles. But that didn’t mean it could match the stratospheric numbers of The Imitation Game, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, which had the year’s biggest opening weekends.
In fact, Vice didn’t even match the PTAs of P.T.A.’s previous three films, though word of mouth may give it a great high before its theatrical run is done. Among returning films, Wild covered a lot more ground in a sizable expansion that paid off with solid box office results, as did The Imitation Game, which continues to expand and thrive. And Birdman has soared past $20M in its 9th weekend, goosed by strong showings in several year-end critics polls.
Warner Bros. opened Vice in five New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, grossing $330K. »
- Brian Brooks
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
There has been a lot of crazy drama surrounding Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie that Sony Pictures dropped, and you should read about all of it here. It’s really entertaining and interesting stuff. Universal Pictures ended up picking up the film project with Michael Fassbender attached to play Jobs. Before he ended up in the role, though, the only other two actors we knew about to be up for the project were Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale.
Turns out, just a couple of months ago Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, and Matthew McConaughey were also in the running. Sorkin’s favorite for the lead role though was Cruise. He wanted the actor in the role bad, which would have been really quite interesting to see.
Before Sony ditched the project, Sorkin was pushing for Cruise in a couple of emails that he shot off to the studio executives. »
- Joey Paur
Paul Thomas Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of the end of the groovy 60s. The film centers around Larry 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a dope smoking private eye, as he helplessly gets mired into what seems to be an unsolvable case. It all begins with the visit from his ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hapworth (Katherine Waterston), whom he still carries the torch for. She tells him that her new fling, billionaire construction tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), who inexplicably hangs out with the Aryan Brotherhood, is about to get kidnapped by his wife and...
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Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the trailer below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 13th and will then expand on January 9th, 2015. Trailer: »
Paul Thomas Anderson was making serious movies long before he started making "serious" movies, ponderous works of certified art like There Will Be Blood and The Master. His earliest pictures, like Hard Eight and Boogie Nights, and even the later Magnolia, were wily, imperfect, vibrating with life like yeast springing to action in warm water. They were serious without advertising their sincerity, and their raggedy, stringy edges were proof of Anderson's dedication to craftsmanship rather than evidence of a lack of it: You could see that he cared about beauty and structure and precision, but the vitality of his characters came first, elbowing all else out of the way if necessary.
But in his last two pictures Anderson has shown a preoccupat »
Today we have a new banner for the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the trailer below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 12th. Banner: (click to enlarge) »
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings ‘positive thinking’ and ‘self-help’ to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld’s actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
Happy Valley, named after the area where Pennsylvania State University is located, dives into the child sexual-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, while Monk looks at an unlikely ascetic who gave up life in the fast lane.
Kino Lorber also is launching Iranian Western Vampire pic A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which it is releasing with Vice Films. The title, which was born out of a previous short film, debuted at Sundance in January. »
- Brian Brooks
There can be only one! Or, y'know, someone else if they turn you down. The Wrap are reporting that the Highlander reboot is very much back on at Summit Entertainment under first-time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and the man they want to fill the shoes of the Sean Connery character from the original film is none other than action movie megastar, Tom Cruise. Apparently things are one-sided for the moment though, with a rep for Cruise telling the site that this project is "one of many that come to him", adding that the actor is "far from talks." So no actual negotiations to speak of, but when Cruise wraps on Mission Impossible 5 it'll be one of many possibilities for him. A supporting role like this wouldn't usually be what Cruise would go for though he has dabbled in the past, in movies such as Magnolia and Interview With The Vampire...though »
I'm not a fan of Inherent Vice much but it will inspire lots of fun fan art and/or official stuff... like this banner poster starring Katherine Waterston as "Shasta Fay". (Her hair is filled with secrets characters.)
I wish P.T. still wrote memorable female characters (sigh) even the kind of vacant bimbos like Rollergirl used to be awesome. With There Will Be Blood he basically left them behind altogether. Inherent Vice has a dozen or so female roles and only two of them are halfway interesting (Yay, Jena Malone and Jeannie Berlin cameos).
Uh-oh... I feel a list attack coming on. It can't be stopped
Female Characters in P.T. Anderson films from Most Fascinating to Least
(not comprehensive but the major ones)
Amber Waves (Boogie Nights) Linda Partridge (Magnolia) Rollergirl (Boogie Nights) Gwenovier (Magnolia) Lena Leonard (Punch-Drunk Love) Peggy Dodd (The Master) Clementine (Hard Eight) Jessie St Vincent »
- NATHANIEL R
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I
Directed by Francis Lawrence
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The argument I made was that what makes the Star Wars film still satisfying is that it has an actual sense of narrative progression and character achievement despite abandoning its players in the midst of doom and gloom. Going back and revisiting Catching Fire, I admit I may have been a little harsh as quite a bit of substantial material in terms of world-building and character development is crammed »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
Director: Francis Lawrence
Running Time: 121 Minutes
Synopsis: Having been rescued by the rebels, Katniss Everdeen must become the face of the revolution in order to unite all other districts in a war against The Capitol.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues the trend of splitting the final book in a popular series of novels into two parts. Cynics will quote money as being the main reason, whereas we could just as easily justify loyalty to fans who want as much as possible from their favourite fiction. No matter how you look at it, this is the best Hunger Games yet, despite, or maybe because, the “games” as we know them are now absent.
Such a move means that we are now allowed to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Few other filmmakers know Los Angeles or see Los Angeles like Paul Thomas Anderson, a lifelong native who’s made his career on the sprawling cast of characters, themes, and environments that make up the Southern California city. It makes sense then that when Anderson announced plans to tackle an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘70s-set novel “Inherent Vice” (review), he was hesitant to watch a copy of "Mondo Hollywood," a 1967 documentary given to him by Mark Flanagan, owner of the L.A. music and comedy club Largo. “There's a lot of coverage on this period, and there's a lot that I've seen,” the “Magnolia” director explained Saturday afternoon at an AFI Fest screening of the documentary. “Initially I was skeptical and then I put this on and thought immediately, ‘I've never seen anything like this.’ ” A freewheeling, surreal, and fascinating piece told in vignettes, “Mondo Hollywood” places us right »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Directed by Christopher Nolan
I really jibe with what Interstellar is trying to accomplish. I want big budget films to aim intellectually and emotionally high. I agree with most of its messages and themes. I am the choir it is preaching to. Which makes it all the more disappointing that the movie is, in the most charitable view, only haphazardly successful. There are aspects to love about it — it’s the best-looking blockbuster in years, and there are some truly enrapturing moments. but that’s scattered among strings of misaimed beats across a punishing, nearly three-hour runtime.
In the vaguely near future, humanity faces extinction within one generation due to a global famine. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former Nasa pilot and engineer who now rakes out a hardscrabble life on a farm with his two kids and father-in-law. Through some contrivance, »
- Dan Schindel
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
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